Leaving the “Church”

Sam Harris interviews Megan Phelps-Roper (granddaughter to Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church) on his program “Waking Up.”

Honestly, I didn’t listen (it’s over an hour; you can read about her journey here) but was struck by the title that Harris gave the interview: “Leaving the Church.”

Because the Fred Phelps cult is just your bog standard vanilla church. Paul had his troubles, to be sure, but at least, when he came to town, people didn’t assume they knew what he was teaching.

(P.S. the picture accompanying the interview has the usual despicable slogans, as wrong as ever. When you see them, remember that God is love, God loves the world, and the Bible informs us precisely what it is that God hates.)


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